Its Pride month!
Why is Pride month in June? June was selected as it is when the historic Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969. And so … every year throughout June, the LGBT community celebrate in a number of different ways
As well as being a month-long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of current issues facing the community. This year, however, things are set to be very different as global events are cancelled and the opportunities for the LGBT community to connect and create influence are greatly impacted.
The pandemic has also presented many challenges. A study by the LGBT Foundation has found that the Covid-19 pandemic is having a hidden impact on the mental wellbeing of LGBT communities. The study explores the profound effects the pandemic has had on the lives of the LGBT people for example the greater need for access to mental health services, trans and non-binary people are found to be twice as likely to feel unsafe where they are staying and the study finds that the LGBT community are at greater risk of homelessness and incidents of domestic violence than they may have faced pre-pandemic. Here are some findings:
- 8% do not feel safe where they are currently staying
- 42% would like to access support for their mental health at this time
- 34% of people had a medical appointment cancelled
- 23% were unable to access medication
- 18% are concerned that this situation is going to lead to substance or alcohol misuse or trigger a relapse
You can access the full study at: https://lgbt.foundation/coronavirus/hiddenfigures
PH7 have qualified practitioners who are available to offer therapeutic support in the Burnley & Pendle area, more information is available here.
You can also contact:
LGBT Foundation: 0345 330 30 30. https://lgbt.foundation/
Stonewall: 0800 0502020 Lines are open 9:30 – 4:30 Monday to Friday. https://www.stonewall.org.uk/